The hidden forest spa experience: Aqua Sana at Sherwood, Nottingham

A luxurious hideaway in Sherwood Forest, you enter the spa through a long tree-lined driveway that weaves between the forest.

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I visited the rural retreat for a girl’s day out. We arrived early morning for breakfast – a fresh fruit salad and herbal tea – but if you’re not detoxing or being healthy, choose from warm pastries, cakes and juices.

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We began to wander through the 25 spa areas; heating and cooling experiences, outdoor hot tubs, foot spas, fireside relaxation areas, a tree-house sauna and the most instagrammable heated outdoor pool surrounded by hanging plants and flowers.

We took a lunch break in the Vitale café serving up sandwiches and light lunches, then made our way to the treatment area for a massage and facial. The therapist used Elemis carefully selected for my specific skin type; leaving my body smooth with a fresh-faced glow.

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If you like the products, you can purchase individual items or discounted gift boxes from the beauty counters in the spa reception.

If you want to make a weekend of it, book a stay at a log cabin within Centre Parks for the full forest retreat experience.

Where? Aqua Sana, Sherwood Forest, Nottingham, NG22 9DN. Free parking.

How much? £145, full spa day (including breakfast and lunch), Sunday.

Star rating? 5*

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